This week as I reworked some galleries on my site, I ran across the Holga photo below. I immediately recognized that I had photographed the same truck at the same annual car show this past September. I guess I have a thing for flames.
I recently dusted off my Holga and shot a few rolls of 120 for the first time in years. As much as I love Instagram, it was nice to shoot without the instant gratification. My goal is to shoot more with my Holga this summer to force myself to be less reliant on the screen on the back of my digital SLRs. I feel like I often get into a rut where I’m shooting, shooting, shooting and not really seeing or thinking. That’s the great thing about the Holga: it forces me back to basics.
I shot this portrait using a Holga … sort of. It would be more accurate to say I used a Holga lens mounted on a Canon EOS-1D X. I bought the lens a long time ago, but have only played around with it a few times. On my day off, I finally unboxed some new lighting equipment and decided to try to make a Holga portrait (a Holgrait?) of my girlfriend using an AlienBee B800 flash and 47″ octabox. It was tough seeing Babs because the modeling light was burned out so I ended up with this outtake that ended up being one of those happy accidents.
I photographed a local WWII re-enactment back in June on a Lake Michigan beach. Primarily I shot using two DSLRs, but I managed to sneak in a few frames here and there using my Holga. Originally I had planned to use my Rolleiflex, but alas it remains a $220 paperweight on my bookshelf after a camera strap failure lead to its early demise during a May trip to Chicago.